The Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency (TPA) conducted a US-1 Multimodal Corridor Study that encompassed the US-1 corridor in Palm Beach County from Camino Real in the City of Boca Raton to Indiantown Road in the Town of Jupiter. The project corridor runs approximately 42 miles north-south along 14 local municipalities. The corridor serves as Palm Tran’s highest ridership bus route 1 and “The Bolt” with limited stop service from Boca Raton to West Palm Beach. To date, several municipalities along the corridor have performed Complete Streets studies for the portion of US-1 that traverses their community, meanwhile other municipalities have expressed interest to perform similar studies.
The purpose of this study was to develop a comprehensive plan to implement continuous multimodal facilities that connect the communities along the corridor, including upgrading the existing limited stop service to Corridor-Based Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and expanding this service north of West Palm Beach to Indiantown Road in Jupiter.
The study included a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) that aided in the decision making process to make choices that improve public health through community design. The HIA provided a better understanding of the impacts the US-1 multimodal improvements could have on the overall health of the communities that would be served along the corridor. This took into account potential impacts on the physical, social, economic and emotional health of the community members improved through:
- Access to goods and services
- Access to jobs and education
- Mobility through non-automobile travel
- Economic Development Opportunities
Other indicators evaluated through the HIA included chronic illness rates, obesity rates, bicycle and pedestrian crash data, quality of life/social cohesion, access to healthy foods and goods selection, and attainable housing availability.
The public outreach campaign for this project kicked off with an outreach event in the spring of 2017. Following this event, the project corridor was divided into 6 sections where stakeholder interviews and public charrettes took place.
- Section 1 (May): Boca Raton
- Section 2 (June): Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Gulf Stream
- Section 3 (July): Hypoluxo, Lantana, Lake Worth
- Section 4 (August): West Palm Beach
- Section 5 (September): Riviera Beach, Lake Park, North Palm Beach
- Section 6 (October): Juno Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens
Project tasks were completed between the Palm Beach TPA, Palm Tran, and three consultant teams that worked together to share information and deliver the same project message and branding. The project resulted in FDOT-based design templates for continuous multimodal facilities along the corridor to carry the proposed improvements forward for future funding through preliminary design and engineering. The project will conclude in the spring of 2018 with presentations to the TPA's advisory committees and Board as well as individual meetings with municipalities, FDOT, and Palm Tran to discuss next steps for implementation.
Palm Beach TPA & Complete Streets
The Palm Beach TPA aims to achieve a safe and convenient transportation network by implementing Complete Streets within the context of our county’s diverse communities. The Palm Beach TPA seeks to promote Complete Streets by prioritizing the funding of Complete Streets infrastructure projects, providing educational opportunities, and encouraging local jurisdictions to adopt and implement local Complete Streets policies. The Palm Beach TPA Board adopted its Complete Streets Policy in 2016 and Complete Streets Design Guidelines in 2017. For more information about the TPA’s Complete Streets initiatives visit: www.palmbeachtpa.org/CompleteStreets